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Detroit Disability Power's (DDP) mission is to leverage and build the organizing and political power of the disability community to ensure the full inclusion of people with disabilities in Metro Detroit.
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Projects

(STPP) Program and DDP have been working on projects together in several areas. 

Climate Change

The risks to humans from climate change are wide-reaching, but felt unequally among members of society, including People with Disabilities (PWD). Current climate action plans rarely address how cities will respond to the disproportionate impact of climate change on Disabled People. This lack of response deepens existing inequalities and places PWD at significant, and potentially fatal, short- and long-term risk. In the report "People with Disabilities Must Be Included in Climate Action," specific risks are identified, followed by recommendations detailing how current and future climate action plans can bring Disabled Voices into the policy-making process and enact the change necessary to allow them to lead more healthy and fulfilled lives. Read more about this partnership project here.

Artificial Intelligence in hiring

Employers are increasingly using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to make hiring decisions. These data driven tools, also referred to as predictive/algorithmic hiring or machine learning (ML), are used across the hiring pipeline to filter resumes, categorize applicants according to personality traits, and evaluate video interview performance.

Since these software tools are trained on historical data, they will likely reflect the industry’s systemic biases, and there is a huge risk that employers will perpetuate discrimination against People with Disabilities by using these new technologies. STPP researchers wrote a memo, Artificial Intelligence Hiring Technology and Disability Discrimination for policy makers and the disabled community to help navigate this new hiring environment. Read more about this partnership project here.

Duncan Greeley

Student Researcher

Duncan Greeley

Ph.D., Department of Materials Science and Engineering
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Jared Katzman

Student Researcher

Jared Katzman

Ph.D., School of Information
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Student Researcher

Trevor Odelberg

Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Student Researcher

Mara Pusic

BA Public Policy ‘24
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